Why losing ''American Idol'' might make your career - We catch up with past contestants Tamyra Gray, Josh Gracin, and more

By Raymond Fiore
Updated April 09, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Erstwhile American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is the undisputed Lord of the Losers. With album sales higher than any Idol contestant so far (take that, Ruuuuben!), he’s an inspiration to the show’s other rejects. Like Kimberley Locke, whose March 24 return to the show was positively triumphant: She belted out her single ”8th World Wonder” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s sales chart. With Frenchie Davis returning to Broadway’s Rent in July, we wondered what was up with other past contenders’ attempts to join Clay in the, er, loser’s circle.

TAMYRA GRAY She’s no longer with J Records, but Idol creator Simon Fuller’s 19 Management insists that the soulful singer’s long-awaited CD will arrive in June.

JOSH GRACIN Mr. Marine scored bonus points with voters during a wartime AI, helping him snag a deal with country label Lyric Street Records for a June release. Yee-haw!

RJ HELTON The boy-next-door popster just released his debut, Real Life, on Christian label B-Rite Music, though the disc found fewer than 6,000 believers in its first week.

CHRISTINA CHRISTIAN Simon Cowell’s gently cooing season 1 crush was scooped up by 19 Management; she’ll release her record first in Europe, then the U.S., this year.

Episode Recaps

American Idol

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.

  • TV Show
  • 16
  • 574
  • ABC